In her daily newsletter today, Dr. Karen Becker describes the new Humane Education programs being introduced in European schools. There are approximately 200 million pets owned by European families and the European Pet Food Industry Federation thought it would be a good idea to start teaching children about responsibly caring for pets The program consists of three areas of focus. "Fascinating Cats", "Fascinating Dogs", and "Dogs and Young Children". The latter one teaches children how to be safe around dogs.
In the United States, we have been teaching Humane Education programs in our schools for several years. Locally, the San Diego Humane Society as well as other animal shelters, and SNAP - the Spay Neuter Action Project have been going to schools with guinea pigs, dogs, bearded dragons, etc.to teach children about kindness to animals and pet responsibility. The programs are very well received by the children and the parents and teachers are thrilled with what the children are learning.
If you are interested in the European programs go to www.healthypets.mercola.com. There is a place where you can download each of the 3 programs as a PDF file. If you are interested in bringing Humane Education into your child's school, contact the San Diego Humane Society at www.sdhumane.org.